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As a network TV One could not be more pleased to present the amazing and incredible story of some unsung heroes of the civil rights movement, and how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger, launched what became known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but also was a real catalyst for the larger civil rights movement. Behind the Movement will be premiering Sunday February 11th on TV One.

Prestige was able to sit down with the amazing casts of Behind the Movement…. Meta Golding who plays Rosa Parks, Isaiah Washington, who plays Edgar, E.D Nixon, and the incomparable Loretta Devine who plays Jo Ann Robinson in the film. Also we were joined by director, Aric Avelino and screenwriter, Katrina O’Gilvie.

Tosha: Behind the Movement is really a labor of love and something that TV One couldn’t be more proud to presented as the crown jewel in their Black History Month programming slate, and with that, I wanted to open things up to Karen Peterkin who is over our scripted development and programming at the network to talk a little bit about this project and give us an overview of Behind the Movement. Karen.

Karen: Thank you. A little background on Behind the Movement. Most of us when we were growing up, were taught that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus because she was tired, or because she didn’t feel like getting up, and that’s partially true, it was because she was tired of what was going on at the time. Emmett Till had been murdered a few months prior – about six months prior, a few months before the boycott began, his murderers were acquitted.

So, there was an uneasiness in the community, and a large amount of fear among African Americans, and just a lot of mis treatment as we all know. The behind the movement is the story of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. You will learn about Rosa Parks who was a seamstress, who worked in a department store. She was also the secretary of the NAACP, and it was her job to not only record – not only take the meeting, the minutes of the meeting, but to also keep track of the number of lynching’s that were occurring at the time. You have Edgar E.D Nixon who was the head of the NAACP at that time, who none of us had heard of.

These are all but hidden figures, you had Jo Ann Robinson who was one of the prominent members of NAACP, and also one of the prominent women in the community, and of course we have Raymond Parks who was Rosa Parks’ husband, who also many people don’t realize that he was involved with working to bring attention to the Scotts borough boys defense, and that was also something that was very dangerous for him, and the people who were involved, so he was very concerned about his wife becoming the face of the movement.

Tosha: Thank you so much Karen for that overview and the insight. I’m going to begin with our director, Aric Avelino in terms of opening statements. You were the fearless leader on this production Aric, and you had to create a world that many of us obviously haven’t seen for many years. You had to make this time period very, very real in order to tell this story. Can you speak a little bit to what it meant to you to be a part of the telling of this important story?

Aric:    Yeah, I mean my job was made a lot easier by an incredible script by Katrina O’Gilvie and by an incredible cast. I think when you start a story with those elements and a story that so many of us care about as part of not just African American History, but American History, it’s something that makes coming to work every day so much easier. For me it’s an important story in a way because my grandmother marched with Dr. King and my other grandmother was at Emmet Till’s funeral. My father was the first to integrate his school in Washington, D.C, and so these are things that I grew up with. I was really excited to learn more about.

I mean, I learned through Katrin’s script as well, when this was first brought to me. I didn’t realize that there was four days between when Rosa gave up her seat and when the boycott began, and I can’t imagine what it took to organize and undertake such a big ordeal. And then upon learning about all the people who contributed to that, not only Rosa Parks and her husband Raymond, but I learned about E.D Nixon, who I’d never heard about which was astonishing to me, who with a brigade of women really launched the boycott. These are the people, the unsung heroes we really didn’t learn about in school because history books didn’t always make time for that.

But I think it’s important to recognize that these people mobilized in a way that even now would be challenging, and I was excited to bring that to life with the level of authenticity and with the incredible cast that was capable of making it authentic, because a lot of times these stories are painted with just a broad brush, and we think of these people as just heroes and icons, but we don’t really get to know them as people, because they have their own challenges, they have their own doubts, and they have their own fears, and I think – I hope that we were able to bring that to light in the film.

Tosha: Thank you so much Aric, and so well said. The words on the page are everything. These brilliant actors can’t bring the story to life without those words, and we were so blessed to have the gifted Katrina O’Gilvie as our screenwriter on this project. Katrina, can you tell us what was your process? And talk to us about what you hope to accomplish with this project?

Katrina: The process was exciting, the project was exciting to me, I love history, I actually grew up in the south of Spain, and in European countries we learned history very, very early, and history is incredibly important. So, I was really excited to have the opportunity to dive in and learn more about such an incredible experience and such an incredible woman. But it was also very daunting, and very challenging for me emotionally because as I was researching 1950’s, 1955, in the south in America, we were in the middle of an election, and I was seeing so many parallels in 1955 to 2017 and it was disappointing and sad that so many of the things that we went through in the ‘50’s was somehow creeping back into this country’s frontlines where it became much more visible. And that was a big challenge.

On the other side of it, it also became even more important that I tell the story as fluidly as I could with so much of it being truthful. So there’s actually very little in this film that is not correct, it’s all historical, and there are a few characters who are actually created by me, and I was able to dive into, through the incredible talent of the people who were actually there who made this possible, and who had the fear with fortitude to move forward in a time where this had never been done, and they did not know what would come of it, and they all knew that they were putting their lives on the line. And again, most people think that the boycott was planned out for a very long time, but it was actually a very short period of time, it was an idea, but once they got started, they wanted to do it in a short period of time, so it became four days. Then it lasted far longer than the one day that they had planned, and it needed to make the impact that ended up being life changing.

Tosha: Thank you, thank you so much Katrina. So, next we will hear from our star Meta Golding who so uncannily portrays this incredible woman. Meta can you talk to us about becoming and channeling the spirit of Rosa Parks? And how you became her. You physically became her. I’ve certainly never met Rosa Parks but imagine if I had she would be exactly as you embodied her. So, can you talk about that?

Meta:   Yes. Thank you so much for being here, this is such an honor for me to come and speak about our show. And it’s such an honor to have been given the opportunity to step into the shoes of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Before I say that, I really have to say that Aric Avelino, our fantastic director, I felt like was my partner, really guided me and made me trust everything that I was doing, along with my illustrious cast, Isaiah Washington, Mrs. Lorretta Devine, Roger Guenveur Smith, and everyone else. And the script was completely inspiring. So, at first, I got Katrina’s beautiful script and it had a lot of references that I could – that was a jumping off point because for me of course I knew who Rosa Parks was and what she did, but I really only knew what she did and her image. I didn’t know anything about her past. I didn’t know that before she gave up her seat in 1955 that she was a seasoned activist, that she was the secretary of the NAACP along with E.D Nixon, and I got all this – and what I did because I’m a little bit of a nerd is I read Mrs. Parks was a prolific author so I read everything I could that she wrote and there was also lots of biographies about her, and there was also some audio and video of her in 1955.

But these were all interviews, so they were a little bit stilted and also there was a very specific strategy that the NAACP had by choosing to have Mrs. Parks as the face to sort of promote her as an everyday woman, and she was an everyday woman, but not so much as an activist and as part of the movement along with her other – the other Montgomery activists. Because at the time, it was a very, very challenging time for black folks in the segregated south, a very dangerous time for them to even join the boycott, so they needed to promote this image of a very reserved, church going, responsible person, which she was, but that wasn’t the full story. I also went to a lot of churches because the historically, black churches were always part of organizing and the civil rights movement, and Mrs. Parks was a woman of faith, and gained a lot of strength and courage from her faith. And I always find it so interesting the way people worship, it informs a lot about a person I find. So that’s all the work I did in the very short time that we all had before we began, but then once I was there, I think that just my cast members, everybody just came in so prepared and just these are the most beautiful actors you will ever see or work with, and Aric, our director, I really felt supported, so there we go.

Tosha: Okay, thank you so much Meta, and now we’ll hear from Isaiah Washington who portrays the character E.D Nixon. Isaiah, would you like to say a few words about participating in the project? And the impact that you hope it has?

 Isaiah: Okay that’s big, this movie impacted me greatly. Almost 30 years I’ve been doing this and I still have the nerve to be picky, and I only am motivated by things that move my spirit, that moves my spirit first, now I’m soon to be 55, and I read a lot, and Katrina O’Gilvie’s words, they struck me as a surrealist, trying to have a conversation at a time where surrealism needs to be brought back. It was not just the civil rights movement, but I felt like another artist was speaking to me and saying, Rise Up, bring the best you can best to move souls. That’s what I read, one call and it was to Cathy Hughes, and I said, “Miss H, I’m moved. I’m moved by this piece and I’m grateful that you’ve chose to tell this story.”

Everybody worked so hard on this movie, and that was unbelievably inspiring, coming off of such a tough, rough, ugly, and nasty campaign to end up how we got politically. So, I look to TVOne, I look to everyone to thank you for giving me a breath of fresh air, where I can feel good about being who I am as a male of color, a man, a father, and an artist. So, I hope that is what people will take away from this film, because it certainly was my humble offering to work for the first time with the great Loretta Devine, get to know Meta, and still get in with Roger Guenveur Smith so thank you all for that.

Tosha: Thank you. Thank you so much, and what a great segue to hear from the amazing Loretta Devine who was a blessing to have on this movie. In the embodiment of Jo Ann Robinson. So, Loretta can you just share with us your thoughts on this project and what it meant to you?

Loretta: Yes. I’m so excited to be doing this because I thought I knew a lot about the Montgomery bus boycott because you studied it in history and, it happened in 1955, and I was a young girl then myself, and I was amazed at the things that I didn’t know, and what the people will learn as a result of seeing this movie. Jo Ann Robinson, is an incredible woman. People think that this happened in a short period of time, but they had been planning and working on this for three years before it actually happened. Before Rosa Parks was arrested and when E Gray called her she got on the phone because she was the president of the woman’s political council. They had women in stations all over Alabama, and they immediately went to work on making the flyers, they got everything done in a matter of days.

Silvia: Good evening, everybody, I want to start by saying I’m just so proud of everybody. I’m a native of Montgomery, Alabama, I was born and raised here, and I recently moved back here. So, being able to see through the trailer that I watched the authenticity that was put into it, I was just blown away.

So, my question is, what was the selection process like, that was used in order to cast the talent for this extraordinary film?

Karen: Sylvia, what we did was called offer-only, where we made a list of actors and actresses for each role who we wanted to work with. Aric was very involved in that process and we – I personally believe who you’re supposed to have, is who you will have. So, you can reach out to people, but at the end of the day, the cast that you’re supposed to have, are the people who are supposed to portray those characters. And our cast was amazing.

I think that, quite honestly, this is a part of their purpose in their careers, and as human beings, to portray these people, and to educate, not just our community, but the world – I’m just going to quote Isaiah Washington to “portray these hidden figures of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the start of the Civil Rights’ Movement. And Aric, you know, you might want to contribute to this as well, because you were the visionary.

Aric: Yeah, I mean definitely. You don’t audition Isaiah Washington, Loretta Devine, Meta Golding, and Roger Guenveur Smith, you ask them if they wouldn’t mind lending their talents to a project like this. And fortunate for us, they said yes.

And I will speak to – thank goodness for Leah Daniels Butler, for helping us find those folks, because she’s phenomenal. Meta was introduced to us through Leah Daniels Butler, and she was, it was, I’m very fortunate that she did, because when Meta came on she just, she was all in, from the very beginning. Long conversations, and so much work having been done on her part, even before we got on our first call. I do want to say one last thing about this though, is we were really blessed to be able to cast a lot of the other roles in Atlanta, where there’s just such a wealth of talent, and I was – frankly, I was amazed by it.

I live on the West Coast, and I know Atlanta is becoming, in a way, like the new Hollywood, and there’s so many talented people, and the people that we were able to see in auditions, and the people that showed up to set, were, they’re really incredible. And they had done their homework, and they were anxious to play these roles. Because, like you, Silvia, they had come from those neighborhoods, they had grown up hearing those stories, and we had a selection and a wealth of talent that just amazed me. And you’ll see that throughout the film. There’s so many ensemble moments in there, and you know, it allows everyone to shine because everyone really was bringing it.

We here at Prestige would like to thank TV One and the cast of  “Behind the Movement” for speaking with us about this historical movie. Behind the Movement will premier on TV One February 11, 2018 at 7/6cst.  Prestige family make sure to watch. This is a movie you don’t want to miss!

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The 10 top-earning actresses made almost $300 million less than their male peers this year

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For the second year in a row, Scarlett Johansson is Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, having earned $56 million between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019.

According to Forbes’ list of the 10 highest-paid actresses of 2019, most of Johannson’s earnings come from her role as Black Widow. She was the only woman in “Endgame” granted an eight-figure salary up front, as well as 5% earnings on the back end.

Johannson, along with the other nine actresses on the list, including Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon, earned a collective total of about $315 million over the past year. Though that’s a 69% increase from the previous year, Forbes reports that it’s still significantly less than the top 10 highest-paid actors, who collectively earned almost $600 million over the same time period.

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Elijah Cummings, Baltimore congressman and civil rights leader, dies at 68

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U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings, a Democratic congressman from Maryland who gained national attention for his principled stands on politically charged issues in the House, his calming effect on anti-police riots in Baltimore, and his forceful opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump, died Oct. 17 at a hospice center in Baltimore. He was 68.
The cause was “complications concerning long-standing health challenges,” his office said in a statement. Mr. Cummings was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and a leading figure in the Trump impeachment inquiry and had been out of his office for weeks while recovering from an unspecified medical procedure.

Born to a family of Southern sharecroppers and Baptist preachers, Mr. Cummings grew up in the racially fractured Baltimore of the 1950s and 1960s. At 11, he helped integrate a local swimming pool while being attacked with bottles and rocks. “Perry Mason,” the popular TV series about a fictional defense lawyer, inspired him to enter the legal profession.

Many young men in my neighborhood were going to reform school,” he told the East Texas Review. “Though I didn’t completely know what reform school was, I knew that Perry Mason won a lot of cases. I also thought that these young men probably needed lawyers.”

‘It was like a gut punch’: Reactions pour in after Cummings’s death

Following the news of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’s (D-Md.) death on Oct. 17, politicians, television hosts and community leaders paid tribute to the civil rights leader.
In the Maryland House of Delegates, he became the youngest chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus and the first African American to serve as speaker pro tem, the member who presides in the speaker’s absence.
In 1996, he won the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that Kweisi Mfume (D) vacated to become NAACP president. Mr. Cummings eventually served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and as ranking Democrat and then chairman of what became the House Oversight and Reform Committee. 

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He drew national attention as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief defender during 2015 congressional hearings into her handling of the attack three years earlier on U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The attack killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
He was “the quintessential speaking-truth-to-power representative,” said Herbert C. Smith, a political science professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. “Cummings has never shied from a very forceful give-and-take.”
Baltimore’s plight informed Mr. Cummings’s life and work on Capitol Hill, a connection exemplified by his response to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in April 2015 and the explosion of outrage that came after it.

Gray died of injuries suffered while riding, improperly secured, in a police van after he was arrested for carrying a knife, in his pocket, that police said was illegal. His death ignited rioting in Baltimore and elevated tensions nationally over perceived racism and excessive violence in law enforcement.
Speaking at the funeral, Mr. Cummings, who lived near where Gray was arrested, bemoaned the presence of media to chronicle Gray’s death without celebrating his life.

“Did you see him? Did you see him?” Mr. Cummings asked in his booming baritone. The church exploded with applause, and civil rights activist Jesse L. Jackson sat, rapt, behind him. “Did you see him?” 
“I’ve often said, our children are the living messages we send to a future we will never see,” he said, his voice rising. “But now our children are sending us to a future they will never see! There’s something wrong with that picture!”
When looting began, hours after the funeral, Mr. Cummings rushed, bullhorn in hand, to a troubled West Baltimore neighborhood, where he worked to restore order and to assure residents that authorities were taking the case seriously. (Six officers would be charged in Gray’s death, although prosecutors failed to secure a conviction against any of them.)
Amid the unrest, he and a dozen other residents marched, arm in arm, through the streets, singing “This Little Light of Mine.”

Mr. Cummings was known for showing the same kind of commitment in the House. The bullhorn he wielded in West Baltimore was emblazoned with a gold label that read, “The gentleman will not yield.” It was a gift from his Democratic colleagues, bestowed after Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) silenced Mr. Cummings’s microphone at a 2014 hearing into complaints that the Internal Revenue Service had unfairly targeted conservative nonprofit groups.
The next year, while serving on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, he sparred with Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) during hearings Republicans convened to examine Clinton’s role in the Benghazi debacle.
When Gowdy interrogated Clinton about Libya-related emails sent from a longtime confidant of hers, Sidney Blumenthal, Mr. Cummings interjected: “Gentleman, yield! Gentleman, yield! You have made several inaccurate statements.”

Talking to reporters in the hallway later, Mr. Cummings said his primary purpose was not to defend Clinton but to seek “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
“Let the world see it,” he said. The experience didn’t appear to sour Gowdy on Mr. Cummings.
“It’s not about politics to him; he says what he believes,” Gowdy told the Hill newspaper. “And you can tell the ones who are saying it because it was in a memo they got that morning, and you can tell the ones who it’s coming from their soul. And with Mr. Cummings, it’s coming from his soul.”

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House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) urged Congress April 2 to support issuing subpoenas over Trump administration security clearances.  The first two years of the Trump administration, 2017 and 2018, were agonizing for Mr. Cummings, who was battling ill health, including complications of heart surgery, as well as political frustration.
Mr. Cummings said his efforts to work with Trump and members the GOP majority in the House were fruitless. He said that at the luncheon after Trump’s inauguration and during other encounters, he urged the president to pursue policies that could unite the country and burnish his legacy. The congressman said that after a few promising meetings, he stopped hearing from Trump. 

“Perhaps if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have had a lot of hope,” Mr. Cummings later remarked. “He is a man who quite often calls the truth a lie and calls a lie the truth.”
As ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Mr. Cummings became a leading voice against the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, a change that critics contended would discourage participation by documented and undocumented immigrants alike.
He was also a forceful opponent of an immigration policy that separated thousands of children from their parents after they illegally crossed the southern U.S. border. He described the Trump White House as inhumane in its use of “child internment camps.”

In turn, the president went on a Twitter tirade against Mr. Cummings and described his majority black Baltimore district as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” and suggested the congressman focus his efforts on cleaning up “this very dangerous & filthy place.”
Mr. Cummings’ response was not to dignify the attack, instead telling an audience at the National Press Club in Washington: “Those at the highest levels of government must stop invoking fear, using racist language and encouraging reprehensible behavior. As a country, we finally must say that enough is enough. That we are done with the hateful rhetoric.”

After Democrats won control of the House in the November 2018 midterm elections, Mr. Cummings was elevated to chairman of the Oversight Committee, a position that he used to spearhead probes into security clearances issued by the White House over the objections of career officials and payments made during the 2016 campaign to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
Mr. Cummings had a combative streak, but he was adept at calming volatile situations, such as the sharp exchange between Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) during a hearing in February 2019.
The Oversight Committee was taking testimony from Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, and Tlaib accused Meadows of pulling a “racist” stunt by having a black woman, an administration employee, stand behind him. Meadows demanded that her words be stricken from the record.
Mr. Cummings called Meadows “one of my best friends” and prompted Tlaib to say that she was not calling Meadows a racist. By the next day, the conservative Meadows and liberal freshman Tlaib were hugging in public.
“Interaction, man,” Mr. Cummings said by way of explanation. “Human interaction, that’s all.”
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House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) addresses a National Press Club luncheon on his “committee’s investigations into President Donald Trump and his administration,” in August 7. Cummings died early Thursday at the age of 68.
Elijah Eugene Cummings was born in Baltimore on Jan. 18, 1951. His father worked at a chemical factory, his mother at a pickle factory and later as a maid while raising seven children. Both parents came from sharecropping families in South Carolina. Although they struggled to feed their family, his parents would can apples and peaches and give half the preserves to people in need.
The proprietor of a Baltimore drugstore where Mr. Cummings worked paid his application fee to Howard University and, during Mr. Cummings’s time as a Howard student, regularly sent him $10 with a note that read, “Hang in there.”
At Howard, he served as student government president, and he received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1973. He received a law degree from the University of Maryland three years later and practiced law, mostly in private practice, for nearly two decades.
He also helped law students develop their oral and writing skills as chief judge on the Maryland Moot Court, a competition in which students submit briefs and present oral arguments in a hypothetical appellate case.
In the Maryland House of Delegates, where Mr. Cummings served from 1983 to 1996, he championed a ban on alcohol and tobacco ads on inner-city billboards in Baltimore — the first prohibition of its kind in a major U.S. city.
On Capitol Hill, Mr. Cummings was among the minority of House members and senators who voted in 2002 against authorizing a military invasion of Iraq. President George W. Bush’s administration, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was alleging that Iraq continued to possess and develop weapons of mass destruction. 

Mr. Cummings said there was not sufficient evidence of such weapons to “send our young people off to war and thereby place their lives in harm’s way,” an opinion supported by subsequent investigations.
Also in 2002, Mr. Cummings was elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, a position he used to push for increased funding for public education and the Head Start program.

His first marriage, to Joyce Matthews, ended in divorce after a long separation. In 2008, he married Maya Rockeymoore, a policy consultant and chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party. A complete list of survivors was not immediately available.
In the mid-1990s, he had financial difficulties. He was sued by creditors and owed $30,000 in federal taxes, which he eventually paid. He told the Baltimore Sun that during his time as a congressman, he endured two winters without heat because he could not afford to fix his furnace.
He has said the money problems stemmed from his struggles to keep his law practice afloat while running for Congress and also from helping to support his three children. “I have a moral conscience that is real central,” he told the newspaper. “I didn’t ask the federal government or anyone else to do me any favors.”

Mr. Cummings said he considered running to succeed Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), who did not seek reelection in 2016, but decided that he was needed in Baltimore to help the riot-torn city. 
A member of New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Mr. Cummings said he was driven by his faith and secure in his conviction that history would recognize his resolve to stand up for what he believed was right.
“In the city of Baltimore, there are over a thousand monuments, and not one monument is erected to memorialize a critic,” he once said in a speech. “Every one of the monuments is erected to memorialize one who was severely criticized.”

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Amber Rose Welcomes Baby Boy With Boyfriend Alexander Edwards

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Congrats are in order for Amber Rose and rapper Alexander “A.E.” Edwards, who welcomed their first child together on Thursday!

The proud new parents shared the happy news on social media, with Rose sharing videos from inside the delivery room to her Instagram story. The clips showed A.E. passing the time with Rose’s family as they waited on the birth, and adorably playing “rock, paper, scissors” with her 6-year-old son, Sebastian — whom she shares with ex Wiz Khalifa.

A.E. later took to his own Instagram page to share a shot of his new baby boy, whom the couple named Slash Electric Alexander Edwards.

“Slash Electric Alexander Edwards.. the world is urs now ❤️,” Edwards captioned the pic of him kissing his son’s head. “Thank u @amberrose for loving me so much that u put ur body thru it 2 bring my sun in2 the world. I could never be as strong as u. Slash a rockstar ❤️.”

Rose announced she was pregnant in April, Instagramming a photo of herself at the doctor’s office getting an ultrasound. Rose and Edwards, the Vice President of Def Jam Recordings’ A&R, were first rumored to be dating in October of last year.

“@ae4president and I are SUPER excited to announce that we have a Sweet little Baby Boy on the way!” she wrote. “P.S Sebastian is soooooo Happy to be a big brother!”

In August, Rose announced on Instagram that she was canceling her annual Slutwalk — which she created in 2015 to spread messages of body positivity, gender equality and sexual enlightenment to the public — in order to protect her “energy and peace” during her pregnancy. She also said she “stopped being friends with about 20 people last year” whom she claims stole from her, cheated on her, lied to her or were addicts and toxic people.

“I’m so happy God has blessed me with a New Baby and an Amazing Man to help me through all the turmoil,” she said. “That’s why I’ve been laying so low during this pregnancy. No Toxicity will be tolerated over here only Positive vibes. F**k fake friends and their weirdo sh*t. I’d rather just have my family and my team.”

ET spoke with Rose last May, when she talked about representing for fellow mothers.

“Moms are allowed to be sexy,” she said. “We are allowed to still have fun. We are allowed to go out at night when our kids are asleep and still have a good time. Our lives are not over because we have children.”

“I almost go overboard on purpose to kinda piss people off and make them say mean things about me, so women can be like, ‘I need that! I need to see that,'” she continued. “That gives them more confidence. … You can’t just sit in the house and not have a life anymore because you have children or because your husband is away working. It’s just not fair. You only have one life to live and you should live it to the fullest.”

 

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